News and Notes 235 October 12
NARIC offers research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on mental health and crisis in observance of World Mental Health Day, recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO); NIDILRR to host several public meetings, which the public may attend in person or by phone, to help inform future funding priorities; RRTC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairment releases Introduction to Technology Accessibility in the Workplace, one in a series of six free courses; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report six consecutive months of employment gains for people with disabilities in this month's nTIDE report; principal investigator of Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center receives Society Medal from the International Spinal Cord Society; RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health presents webinar, Policy to Practice: HealthMatters for People with IDD; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research hosts online KT conference, Communication Tools for Moving Research to Practice; President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities releases new report, Strengthening an Inclusive Pathway for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families.
On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized World Mental Health Day, with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The theme for this year is "psychological first aid," recognizing that first responders and aid workers often find themselves in the position of providing psychological support to people in crisis, as well as medical aid. The WHO offers training and field guides for health and medical personnel to strengthen their ability to provide psychological and social support to the people they assist. We looked as some of the research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on mental health and crisis, from natural disasters to personal emergencies, in our Spotlight blog.
Intro to Technology Accessibility in the Workplace
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairment (90RT5040) released a new course, Introduction to Technology Accessibility in the Workplace. The course covers different types of workplace technology that are traditionally inaccessible, and the additions and modifications that can be made to make them accessible to someone with a visual impairment. The course also covers screen readers and phones. Registration is free and required. The full series of six courses is available through the National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment.
NIDILRR Seeks Input to Guide Strategic Planning
NIDILRR will host several listening sessions across the country to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction. Public meetings will be held October 14th and 28th, November 1st and 18th, and December 5th. Attendees should come prepared to answer the following questions: What issues (barriers) make it challenging for you to be an active member of your community? What improvements (name the top one or two) would make your daily life better? What has changed, for better or worse, in the last five years that has affected your ability to achieve your goals? Members of the public may attend in person or by phone. Start time, locations, and registration information are available on the Administration for Community Living's website. Written comments may also be submitted via email to NIDILRRfuture@acl.hhs.gov by December 12th.
nTIDE Shows 6th Consecutive Month of Employment Gains for People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015/90RT5022) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005/90RT5017) reported a sixth consecutive month of growth in employment for people with disabilities in this month's National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This month's report also recognized 18 businesses in the US for their efforts in creating inclusive workplaces.
Spinal Cord Injury Model System PI Receives ISCoS Society Medal
Susan Charlifue, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System Center (RMRSIS) (90SI5003) received the Society Medal from the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS). The award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the prevention or rehabilitation of spinal cord injury, or to research related to SCI.
Webinar: HealthMatters for People with IDD - Building Communities of Practice for Health
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) (90RT5020) will present a webinar, Policy to Practice: HealthMatters for People with IDD: Building Communities of Practice for Health, October 25th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss HealthMatters, an evidence-based health promotion program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that has shown success in multiple states. Presenters will also discuss the need and importance of health promotion initiatives and scalability for the IDD population. Registration is free and required.
2016 Online KT Conference: Communication Tools for Moving Research to Practice
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027) will host an online KT conference, Communication Tools for Moving Research to Practice, October 24th, 26th, and 28th. This year's online conference is designed for researchers and others to learn about current and innovative communication tools, including social media, in order to increase the use of evidence-based research findings though knowledge translation (KT) activities. Registration is free and required by October 21st. Early registrants will have access to a "Twitter 101" webcast on October 19th at 3pm ET.
Strengthening an Inclusive Pathway for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families
The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) has released a new report, Strengthening an Inclusive Pathway for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families (PDF). The report recognizes the great strides made for people with ID and examines four key areas to determine how a new path can be forged for them to be included in all aspects of society: Early family engagement to support high expectations for students with disabilities; federal education policies and enforcement strategies to end segregation in schools; transition to adulthood as a critical timeframe for establishing paths to higher education and career development; and self-determination and supported decision-making starting in early childhood and continuing throughout the individual’s lifespan.